Compliance Corner: Paid Staff Member Serving on the Board

It is not a good idea to have a paid staff member serve on the board and may even be limited by your state’s nonprofit laws. The chief reasons staff members do not usually sit on a nonprofit’s board is the risk of a conflict of interest and board inurement. Executive Directors are hired, fired, […]

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Compliance Corner: Politics and Elections!

We are in the final days before midterm elections and many nonprofit organizations have been hard at advocating for their organizations with new proposed local, state and federal laws.  The IRS has specific requirements around Legislative Lobbying and Advocacy for Nonprofit organizations. Nonprofit organizations can support ballot issues and causes that are impactful to their […]

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Compliance Corner: Keeping Financial Records

The IRS requires nonprofit organizations to keep certain records to remain in compliance.  It’s important to keep all records in both hard and online copies in case you experience an IRS audit and for your auditors.  For your records keep the following: Financial records Income:  Cash register receipts, bank deposit slips, receipt books, invoices, credit […]

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CANDO! Blog: Social Media

Social Media has become the nonprofit marketing strategy of the 21st Century. Done right it can be inexpensive and results oriented.  It is important to determine the goals of Social Media use and how best to implement a strong strategy. WHY SOCIAL MEDIA? Nearly every generation uses Social Media including the Gen Z children, the […]

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CANDO! Blog: ABCs of Donor Stewardship

Increasing donations to your nonprofit requires retaining the donors you have cultivated. Yet, frequently nonprofits accept the donation, give them a receipt and maybe keep them in a database with little future contact. Here’s some ABC tips to retaining and recognizing your donors. Appreciation of donors begins with the charitable donation receipt and continues with […]

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CANDO! Blog: Fundraise Now! – No matter what time of year it is!
Nonprofit Fundraising Circle of Donors

Yes, this is the season of fundraising for nonprofit organizations.  Season ending fundraisers has been enhanced by local and national giving days.  There are many reasons for why this time of year is the top fundraising season including: Meeting End of Year budget needs Raising funds for next year’s programs Holidays brings out the giving […]

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Grant Heartbeat: Good Neighbor Citizenship Grants

Offered by State Farm, this grant focuses on safety, education, and community development – projects with help build safer, strong and better educated communities in the US. Eligibility This grant is eligible to a range of nonprofit organizations from: Educational institutions, programs conducted by Municipal, county, state or federal government entities that align with the […]

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Grant Heartbeat: Singing for Change

Singing for Change (SFC) Singing for Change (SFC) partners with progressive, community-based organizations addressing the root causes of social problems. It focuses on low overhead, collaboration heavy organizations working in their community to find innovative solutions for empowerment and change. Created by Jimmy Buffet, the Signing for Change program donates $1 for every ticket Jimmy […]

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Nonprofit Pulse: Receiving and Acknowledging Donations as a Nonprofit

As the nonprofit fundraising season ramps up, make sure your nonprofit fundraising strategy is dotting all its i’s and crossing all the t’s. IRS rules for receiving and acknowledging donations can be found in IRS Publication 1771. Some important highlights include:  Donors are responsible for obtaining a written acknowledgment from a charity for any single […]

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CANDO! Blog: Budgeting for Success

With the start of a new school year, the changing of another season and preparation for a flurry of holidays, fall is a time of renewal and energy buildup to make it to the end of the year.  Nonprofit organizations are doing much of the same gearing up as they head into full fundraising season. […]

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